The Droitwich Arts Network Blog

Artist in View in ‘tricolore’

Artist in View was organised as the final event during the Arts Week. Droitwich Arts Network members were gather on the Victoria Square on 28th May to spend a day in a good, friendly atmosphere doing their art and demonstrating their techniques and skills to the public.

What this year’s Artist in View made a bit different than previous years is a French theme – from tricolore decorations of the marquees to the French-style costumes of the artists.

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Painting competition also took a place this year and most of the paintings were inspired by France. The music support was provided by Mike Johns on the guitar and harmonica.

Artist in residence in photos

One of the major part in the Arts Week was artist in residence programme. Artist were able to do their art in public in two venues this year – the library and the Meetbox. Some new pictures are started, some old are finished. Even some new ideas were born. DAN members who took a part in artist in residence programme this year are: Bob Addy, Cindy Williams, Tamara Cutillas, Malcolm Ross, Julie Hunt, Malcolm Wakeman, Rosie Philpott, Tamara Jelaca, Karen Hotchkiss, Peter Hawkins, Alan Davey and Tina Watkins.

The Sacred Heart Church guided tour by David Holden

Yesterday/On Tuesday David Holden led a fascinating guided tour round the Sacred Heart church as part of Arts Week in Droitwich. He presented the story of the church and its wonderful Venetian glass mosaics, which include as a major feature the life story of our local Saint Richard de Wych.

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Although we only live round the corner from the church and have been many times, David was still able to introduce us to new facts and features about the church and the artists.

Arts Week: Guest poet Dave Reeves in Park’s Cafe

Arts Week is good opportunity for all local artists and DAN members to present their art, but it is always good to see what is going on around. Arts Week guest this year is a poet and performer Dave Reeves. Dave contacted us after he found out that his portrait, painted by American artist Cynthia Morrison, is a part of our Mail Art exhibition. It was not the first Dave’s portrait Cynthia has made and some of them were exhibited in the USA and Berlin. Dave joked that maybe one day he will be able to perform in the place where his portrait is shown. And, indeed, Droitwich was the right place.